Recycling Building Demolition
Gr Trucking | Concrete Recycling | Material Trucking | Sacramento
Hundreds of buildings are demolished and broken down every day around the world. Many of those buildings leave renewable resources and materials that could be recycled or reused but most of the time it ends up in landfills. This norm has a negative impact on the environment. For example, when a contractor breaks down a building, wind carries loose dust and debris into neighboring cities miles away. The dust and debris could have an adverse effect on public health. Similarly, growing landfills emit methane. Methane pollutes the air and exacerbates the greenhouse effect. To solve this problem, progressive companies are looking for ways to eliminate waste, recycle materials, and reuse materials to minimize the negative environmental impact during and after big construction projects. Below is an outline of simple things you can do to improve your company practices.
To eliminate waste, project managers must lead the way by using exact measurements to ensure that there is enough material to build without any leftovers. Project managers need to do regular inventory checks so overordering material is not an issue. They also need to educate their workers who are actually doing the job. The workers need to understand the importance of reducing waste and recycling materials on the jobsite. The right training will help workers understand what can be salvaged and what can be thrown out.
To recycle and reuse materials, workers need to be trained on which materials are considered recyclable and which materials can be reused. For example, building materials like concrete, wood, metals, and asphalt can all be recycled. In turn, things like light fixtures, hardware, and appliances cannot be recycled but they can certainly be reused by a local charity or humanitarian organization. Reusable things can also be materials like copper wiring, aluminum gutters, and wooden beams. By reusing these things, workers can save managers a lot money on future projects. Or, project managers can sell them to other companies or donate them and use them as a tax write-off. By doing this, the construction industry can keep more materials out of landfills and in newly constructed homes and buildings instead.
Collectively the industry can make a huge difference. Start small by investing time in proper training. Doing so will be a huge step in the right direction. For more information on recycling building materials, contact us here at GR Trucking.